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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Jerry plays Van

This compilation is now seeding at LL. Since there was some recent Van talk here I thought I would post it. Sorry if any of this info is a repeat.

Musical Gods
Jerry Does Van
A Compilation

1. And It Stoned Me (JGB, 4/17/93, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles)
2. He Ain't Give You None (JGB, 8/16/76, The Keystone, Berkeley, CA)
3. Tupelo Honey (Garcia & Saunders, 1/15/72, Keystone Korner, San Francisco)
4. He Ain't Give You None (Legion of Mary, 4/6/75, Orpheum Theatre, Boston - Late)
5. Crazy Love (JGB, 4/24/87, The Stone, San Francisco)
6. He Ain't Give You None (JGB, 11/8/93, Hartford Civic Center)
7. Bright Side of the Road (JGB, 11/7/91, Capital Centre, Landover, MD)

For me, the pantheon is Van and Jerry.
What Van does with his voice, Jerry did with his fingers.
So it seemed only natural to marry the two.
Van never covered Jerry.
But Jerry covered Van.
He only covered five of his songs and much of that was in his later years.
Jerry's versions seemed somewhat pedestrian at first. They were rather faithful to the originals, not terribly expansive as Jerry was known to be. But listen closer and they're real Jerry. The artistry. The sense of fun. The passion.
The centerpiece of this set is He Ain't Give You None. It's the one song that Jerry covered in distinctly different phases, all of which were notable by the keyboards. There's the r&b/jazz/funk stylings of the Garcia & Saunders/Legion of Mary years. The understated elegance of the Keith Godchaux years. The gospel of the Melvin Seals years, further enhanced by the additions of the exquisite Gloria Jones and Jackie LaBranch on backing vocals. It was the one song in this collection (and Vanatics will understand when I say this) that Jerry "workshopped." So I've included a version from each phase.
I have a feeling Van fans that aren't Jerry fans will be disappointed. There will be a tendency to compare the voices. That would be unfair. As Hunter once said, "I thought Jerry had a glorious voice, or maybe I had to to write the songs." But he did have a glorious voice. What he lacked in range and technique, he made up for with passion and emotion, even in his later years when he croaked through many a show. When Jerry growled or strained, you knew it wasn't artifice.
So take this for what it is. One musical god paying homage to another. Without comparisons.

Some History...

And It Stoned Me: The JGB performed this 96 times, the first time soon after Jerry returned to the stage following his 1986 coma until just a week before the last JGB show in 1995.

He Ain't Give You None: Performed 51 times, including 16 times with Garcia & Saunders/Legion of Mary in 1974-75 and one performance in 1976 with Keith Godchaux. It was then brought back in 1991 and played consistently until, and including, the final JGB show on April 23, 1995.

Tupelo Honey: Performed just twice, once in January and once in February of 1972 with Garcia & Saunders.

Crazy Love: Performed 15 times, starting in October 1986, just after returning to the stage and last performed on Halloween 1987, the final night of his two-week Broadway run.

Bright Side of the Road: Performed five times, all in November 1991.

Technical matters...the beginning of Tupelo Honey had a nasty tape pause release screech which i have removed at the expense of the first second or two of the song. The fade in on Bright Side of the Road is on the master.

Track 1, 5-7: Jerry Garcia, guitar/lead vocal; John Kahn, bass; David Kemper, drums; Melvin Seals, keyboards; Gloria Jones and Jackie LaBranch, backing vocals.

Track 2: Jerry Garcia, guitar/lead vocal; John Kahn, bass; Ron Tutt, drums; Keith Godchaux, piano; Donna Jean Godchaux, backing vocal.

Track 3: Jerry Garcia, guitar/lead vocal; Merl Saunders, keyboard; John Kahn, bass; Bill Vitt, drums; Tom Fogerty, guitar.

Track 4: Jerry Garcia, guitar/lead vocal; Merl Saunders, keyboards; John Kahn, bass; Ron Tutt, drums; Martin Fierro, sax

Thanks to...
_ The tapers, without whom this is impossible.
_ SIRMick, for his talent recreating Michelangelo.
_ vanark, for handling the cover art details and lettering.
_ Vierstein91, who prodded me along by sending me a dozen Jerry shows (from Australia, no less), including one of the two performed versions of Tupelo Honey that I had found somewhat elusive.
_ Joe Hoyt, SIRMick and Mike Lembo from Sugarmegs, who provided me quite a few versions of songs I didn't already have.
_ Art Siegel, he of the golden eye, who gave me permission to use one of his photos for the back cover. It was supposed to be of Van but this one was too unintentionally perfect to pass up.
_ Jerry, for the fingers, all nine of them.
_ Van, for the words (and the voice).

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 3:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

Thanks for the nice write up, elbow. Van Morrison has an exquisite vocal sensibility and range of emotional delivery. Maybe that’s why we like him so such; his adeptness ranks right up there with Jerry.

I had an acquaintance that in addition to being a great Jerry devotee was very much into Van – after Jerry passed he placated his grief with a headlong diversion into Van shows. He even followed Van on Europe tour and shared, along with many fine boots, this account:

Riding the Eurorail he chanced upon the opportunity to share a table with Van and they discussed songs that Jerry played – apparently Van hadn't been aware that Jerry even covered his songs!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 2, 2009 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

I wish I could take credit for the write up, but I didn't do it. It was from the seed at Lossless Legs. I didn't bother posting the link because if you are not a member there you would not be able to see it and I did think it was a informative read. Sorry for the confusion.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

Thanks for this, Larry. I was due a trip to LL to keep my membership alive and this looks like just the reason to head on over.

You're up early!

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Poster: jung_le_rot Date: Dec 2, 2009 3:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

I'm glad the year is almost up !

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 2, 2009 6:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

Gotta agree here. Van is an amazing artist. When he does cover another's song, he truly takes it and makes it his own. His take on Comfortably Numb still gives me chills no matter how often I listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLMKsblUXM0 (this is a pretty good example, but I think the studio version from The Departed soundtrack is perefection).

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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 2, 2009 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

I don't bit torrent at home due to security and computer function issues, but this makes me want to buy a cheap laptop for the sole purpose of doing so... I'd love to hear this!

And Elbow- are you planning on checking out the Tabernacle in February? Great venue if you haven't seen it.

I'll be in the reserved seat upstairs so the youngsters can knock the crap out of each other on the floor.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 2, 2009 5:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

Hey C. No plans to go to see Further. I am not sure why but I have not had a great desire to see any of the post-Dead projects or DSO. Not knocking them, I just don't think they are for me.

As for the Jerry-Van compilation, I think we can arrange something.

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Poster: jung_le_rot Date: Dec 2, 2009 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: jackie plays jerry

great "Sugaree" here from Denver 2 years ago. Check it out. Real nice Aud.


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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 2, 2009 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry plays Van

I do respect your post GD projects position. Much like some GD shows I attended, some of the post GD stuff has been lackluster and dissapointing. I have been impressed with Phil and friends a couple of times ( with Chris Robinson and at Echo project south of ATL), but I wanted to leave Phil's show with Jon Scofield until Dickey Betts came out and jarred them into playing something listenable, but then it was more a Dicky show for that part as far as it turned out. I have seen DSO about four times, and I have been able to enjoy it. Like the Dead show at Greensboro, this one will be as much about seeing friends and selling T-Shirts in the parking lot as it will be about the music.

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